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Don't Drop the Ball!

Don't Drop the Ball!
Preparing students for college admission is a lot like being a juggler. You can be successful if you don't drop the ball! Each spring I get frantic phone calls from parents, asking for help getting their kids into college. Their Suzie or Jimmy wants to go to Harvard, but has never taken math...and didn't hear about SAT testing...and they want to know what I can do to help. At that point, there really isn't much I...
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Conservative Catholic Colleges

Conservative Catholic Colleges
When I was at the Catholic Homeschool Convention, one woman gave me a list of what she considered to be "truly Conservative Catholic Colleges." I don't think she was saying that this was a comprehensive list, it was just colleges she was most familiar with. I realize that every family is unique, but I also thought that someone might really appreciate this list, so they can check it out for themselves. Colleges can look so similar...
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Lee, Wyoming Catholic College is in a town called Lander (pop. 6000). It really isn't near any metro area. We visited the college ... Read More
Tuesday, 04 August 2009 10:55
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CLEP Study Helps

CLEP Study Helps
When we did CLEP, I preferred using the Official Study Guide by College Board® as a entry-level "can we pass this" assessment. Here is the link: I chose that book because it had a sample test from EVERY CLEP, and we were just looking for an over view assessment at that time. I usually preferred Princeton Review study materials for everything, but in this one instance it seemed like the Official Study Guide worked better for...
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Thank you for this, it's exactly the post I was looking for. I remembered you'd used 'something' to get an idea of the test and t... Read More
Sunday, 13 May 2012 05:37
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First Choice College for NMSQT

First Choice College for NMSQT
** Lisa had some questions about the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT)***Dear Lisa, Congratulations about being National Merit Scholarship Qualifiers! Wow, that's a big deal! Both of my boys were commended students, so we didn't actually go through the scholarship selection process. Even commendation was a big deal for college merit aid - so good job! You have probably seen already that the National Merit is a difficult and complex scholarship to apply for, and...
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Colleges That Throw Money at You!

Colleges That Throw Money at You!
In my "Big Scholarships" video, I discuss aiming towards a college that will pay you money to go there. Find a college where your child is the best applicant they see all year, and they will throw money at you :-) Of course, it's always difficult to balance the academic needs against the financial needs, and that's why applying to LOTS of colleges can help. How do you find a college that will be the "love...
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College for 90% off Sticker?

College for 90% off Sticker?
It's not just genius-types that get good scholarships. My girlfriend's son goes to a private Christian college in Washington. They are low income, and not as academically inclined. She pays about $3000 PER YEAR for a college that is over $30,000 per year on the "sticker price." Most of her scholarships were need-based. The key it matching your student to the college. Find out more on saving BIG on scholarships! Check out my Getting the BIG...
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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?
By summer, you want to have a variety of colleges that your child can apply to. I have read that the average student will apply to six schools. Some apply to more, and some to less. No matter how many there are, make sure you apply to a variety. At least one college should be a "safety" school, where you are certain to get in. One should be a "stretch" where you are less qualified and...
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Are AP Exams Always Required?

Are AP Exams Always Required?
AP exams are so popular with high school students you might think they are required. They aren't! AP exams are, however, a great way to get some external documentation of learning - to prove that your student is learning. Colleges aren't always confident in the quality of education their applicants have received, whether they come from public school, private school or homeschool. When they get test scores from outside agencies, they can have some confidence that...
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Plan a College Visit Today!

Plan a College Visit Today!
If you have a high school student, and particularly if you have a junior, please arrange for a college visit! It's important that students try to choose some colleges to visit, and Spring is the most popular time to go. College visits are appropriate any time during high school. Some will incorporate college visits with family vacations. Others will take a week off just to visit one college after another. Visiting colleges can tell you many...
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Finding the Perfect College Fit

Finding the Perfect College Fit
  Each college is unique. They each have different expectations and requirements. Make sure you ask them what they want! The good news is that means there is a college out there that will be a perfect fit - you just have to look hard enough to find it! I asked California State University Chico what they wanted from a high school student. They said that they wanted one full year of fine arts in one...
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Memories of the Way I Was...

Memories of the Way I Was...
I've been consulting with a lot of clients in full panic mode. And it reminded me that two, three, four even five years ago, that was ME! I remember having trouble sleeping. Long painful discussions about minuscule college savings accounts. Tears and fears about being unable to provide the college experience my kids needed. There were glimmers of hope, sure. Whispers of scholarships, and homeschooled kids who successfully achieved the financial support they needed. Whispers of...
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Looks great Lee (And Dawn) ;O) Beautiful new blog design!
Thursday, 20 March 2008 19:42
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Is Your Child Bored with High School?

If your child is bored with high school topics, you can consider two choices: college options and non-college options.College options include going to a university at an early age (either as a regular student or "Non-matriculated" student) or attending a community college before going to the university. College policies vary on non-matriculation. College like to get money, however, and usually non-matriculated students pay the full price (no scholarships). Since it's basically "free money" for the college,...
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Thank you for the links - I'm peeking at them now and will book mark them for a more serious study. I have heard whispers of home... Read More
Monday, 10 March 2008 12:22
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Homeschooling High School? Start Here!

Homeschooling High School? Start Here!
Amazing FREE 5-Part Mini-Course Reveals: "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School" Click Here To Get FREE Mini-Course Welcome! Get your homeschooling high school questions answered here!  High school transcripts, record keeping, grades, credits, course planning and college admissions - I'm here to address your concerns. Email me your questions and be sure you subscribe to this blog because I update the content daily.  Enjoy your visit!
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Hello there, the Team at the HSBA Post would like to congratulate you on being one of the 2008 winners! Please read more here: h... Read More
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:43
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College for the Learning Challenged

Don't be overly concerned about getting into college if your student has a learning challenge. Colleges are used to dealing with these issues. There are a lot of colleges that SPECIALIZE in dealing with such students. At a recent college fair, I was amazed at how many colleges used this as their "come on" line. I know a homeschooled young man who was very good at math and extremely below grade level in verbal abilities, and...
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Homeschool College - Courting the Colleges

When planning college applications with your student, you will often have specific questions that you would like to get answered. Sometimes there are easy "yes/no" type questions that will be consistent from college to college. More often than not, however, the answer may vary depending on the college. Take for example the question on whether a college will still consider your student a freshman if they have an AA degree and more than 90 credits. Some...
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